S. S. Rajamouli

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S. S. Rajamouli
S. S. Rajamouli at the trailer launch of Baahubali.jpg
Rajamouli at the theatrical trailer launch of 'Baahubali'
Born (1973-10-10) 10 October 1973 (age 41)
Raichur, Karnataka, India
Residence Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Occupation Director
Screen Writer
Spouse(s) Rama Rajamouli[1]
Children 2

S. S. Rajamouli (born Koduri Srisaila Sri Rajamouli) is an Indian film director, and screenwriter known for his works exclusively in Telugu cinema. He is known for directing blockbuster films like Magadheera and Eega both of which won the National Film Award for Best Special Effects.[2][3][4]

His notable films include the sports drama film Sye, and the social problem film Vikramarkudu, which was premiered at the International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section. The melodramas Maryada Ramanna, and Chatrapathi[disambiguation needed] were remade in various Indian languages, with successful reviews.[5][6]

In 2012, he directed Eega, which received awards for the Most Original Film, and Best Film to watch with a crowd, in the 8th Annual Edition Toronto After Dark Film Festival.[7] The film was also screened in the Panorama section of the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival, and Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.[8][9] The film was screened in the Marché du Film section of the 66th Cannes Film Festival on 20 May 2013,[10]

He has also garnered the Star World India, "Entertainer of The Year 2012" for Makkhi.[11] He is currently directing a multi-lingual epic titled Baahubali, believed to be the most expensive Indian film.[12][13] The film was featured in BBC's documentary on 100 Years of Indian cinema directed by Sanjeev Bhaskar.[14][15][16] The film was shot using Arri Alexa XT camera marking Rajamouli's first film using digital camera.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Rajamouli was born to Telugu film, screenwriter and director, K. V. Vijayendra Prasad on 10 October 1973 in Amareswara camp Raichur of Karnataka. He studied Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) from Sir.C.R.R.College, Eluru. He lives in Hyderabad in close association with cousins M. M. Keeravani, Kalyani Malik, S. S. Naaga, and S. S. Kanchi. He is married to Rama Rajamouli.[19]

Early career and television[edit]

Rajamouli started directing Telugu soap operas on Eenadu Television, under the guidance of K. Raghavendra Rao. His first shot at Telugu films was Student No.1 with Jr. NTR which was a big hit in 2001. It took two long years for Rajamouli to come up with his second movie and delivered industry hit with his second movie Simhadri.

His next movie was Sye. It was a first-of-its-kind movie in Tollywood, in that it was based on a rugby game. This movie was also the first instance where Rajamouli collaborated with K. K. Senthil Kumar.[20]

With his next flick Chatrapathi, Rajamouli again evoked emotions with the audience. The music of M. M. Keeravani and cinematography by Senthil Kumar added to the film's success. In his next stint Vikramarkudu, Rajamouli worked with Raviteja. The movie was a big success and was remade into Hindi as Rowdy Rathore by Prabhu Deva with Akshay kumar in the lead, into Tamil as Siruthai, and in Kannada as Veera Madakari.[21]

He then directed Yamadonga, a socio-fantasy film praised by critics. Next was the biggest film in Telugu Cinema at the time, Magadheera starring Ram charan Teja, Magadheera became one of the biggest commercial successes in Telugu Cinema.[22] He won the Nandi Award for Best Director and Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu for the film. This film also won the National Film Award for Best Choreography.[23]

His comedy thriller film Maryada Ramanna (2010) had actor Sunil as the male lead. This was the biggest hit of that year. It was remade in Hindi as "Son of Sardar".[24][25] In one of the popular MAA TV shows, Mee Star, Rajamouli said Maryada Ramanna is his personal favorite movie among all the movies he has directed.[26]

His next film Eega was released in Telugu and Tamil (Naan Ee) on 6 July 2012. It is a fictional film, with major part for Visual effects (VFX), received positive reviews from audience and critics as well.[27]


National Film Awards
Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South
CineMAA Awards
  • CineMAA Award for Best Director – Magadheera (2009)
Other Honours


Year Film Language Genres Notes Awards and others
2001 Student No.1 Telugu coming of age-musical Dubbed into Hindi as Aaj Ka Mujrim
Remade into Tamil as Student Number 1
2003 Simhadri Telugu action-masala Remade into Tamil as Gajendra
Dubbed into Hindi as Yamraaj Ek Faulaad
2004 Sye Telugu action-sport Dubbed into Hindi as Aar Paar-The Judgement Day
Dubbed into Malayalam as Challenge
2005 Chatrapathi Telugu action-drama Dubbed into Malayalam as Chatrapathi
Dubbed into Hindi as Hukumat Ki Jung
Dubbed into Tamil as Chandramouli
Remade in Kannada as Chatrapathi
Remade in Bengali as Refugee
Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress - Bhanupriya

Nandi Award for Best Music Director - M. M. Keeravani

2006 Vikramarkudu Telugu action-thriller Remade into Kannada as Veera Madakari
Remade into Tamil as Siruthai
Remade into Hindi as Rowdy Rathore
Remade into Bengali as Bikram Singha
Remade into Bangladesh Bengali as Ulta Palta 69
Dubbed into Hindi as Pratighat
Dubbed into Malayalam as Vikramathithya
Dubbed into Bhojpuri as Vikram Singh Rathod IPS
2007 Yamadonga Telugu fantasy-comedy Dubbed into Hindi as Lok Parlok
Dubbed into Oriya as Yamraja
Nandi Awards

Best EditorKotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Best Makeup Artist – Nalla Seenu
Best Costume Designer – Ramaa Rajamouli
Nandi Award for Best Special EffectsKamal Kannan

2009 Magadheera Telugu historical fiction
Dubbed into Tamil as Maaveeran
Dubbed into Hindi as Magadheera
Dubbed into Malayalam as Dheera – The Warrior
Remade into Bengali as Yoddha – The Warrior
Nandi Award for Best Director
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu
National Award for Best Choreography
Best Special Effects at the 57th National Film Awards.[110]
The film also won six Filmfare Awards,[111]
nine Nandi Awards,[112] and ten CineMAA Awards.[113]
2010 Maryada Ramanna Telugu comedy Remade into Hindi as Son of Sardaar
Remade into Tamil as Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham
Remade into Kannada as Maryade Rammanna
Remade into Malayalam as Ivan Maryadaraman
Remade into Bengali as Faande Poriya Boga Kaande Re
Nandi Awards

Best Popular Feature Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
Shobha Yarlagadda, Prasad Devineni
Best VillainV. Nagineedu
Best Male Playback SingerM. M. Keeravani for the song "Teluguammayi"
Special Jury Award – Sunil

2011 Rajanna Telugu historical-drama Directed action sequences only
2012 Eega Telugu fantasy Simultaneously shot with the Telugu version in Tamil as "Naan Ee"
Dubbed into Malayalam as Eecha
Dubbed into Hindi as Makkhi
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
2015 Baahubali: The Beginning Telugu epic-fiction Filming
Simultaneously shot with the Telugu version Baahubali in Tamil
Dubbed into Hindi as Baahubali
Dubbed into Malayalam as Baahubali



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